Welcome to America
There was a weird feeling going through my mind for days. Today is my birthday and for some reason I keep having these flashbacks from my past, as if today will be my last day on earth.
I remember when I arrived at the Newark International Airport on June 19 1991. I was only 11 years old and the only thing in my mind, was I’m in America the Land of Rocky Balboa. My 11 year old mind was wondering if I was going to see Winnie Cooper from the Wonder Years, so I started to tucked my shirt in, just in case! Then I got really nerves when Kelly Kapowski from Saved by the Bell showed up in my mind unannounced. So I started licking my hand and brushing my hair, because my mom always said “First impression is everything” So I better look good, just in case! In my mind Winnie Cooper was only 10, so I have a chance, and Kelly Kapowski was a pre-teen, oh well, I’ve been known to be good with the older women so I’m good. Confidence to its maximum power!
As the plane landed and I was ready to meet any of my future wives. My hurt was pumping so fast, I though I was going to passed out at any minute. My 17 year old brother got up, and my mom held my hand very tight, and said “We here” with a tear on her eye. We started to walk very slowly since there was a long line of people trying to exit the plane. As we were passing by the Flight Attendant, she say “Welcome to America, enjoy your stayed” and then she smile. For some reason I though I was the most handsome 11 year old this world have ever seen. I told my mom “You saw that, she smiled at me” She said, “Yeah, she smiles at everyone”
The smell in the air was different then the air in Peru. It was the middle of summer, so it smells like sun block lotion. When I walked into the airport, it felt like I was in the middle of a big city with a roof and walls. To my surprise there were too many Winnie Coopers and Kelly Kapowski inside the airport.
This is the day that will change my life for ever. At 11 years old, I was full of dreams, and I even knew what to do to achieve them. I’m in America ‘The Land of the Free and the Home of the Braves” Rocky Balboa prove that to the world. Superman, was a fictional character but Rocky Balboa, oh no this guy is real. Nothing will stop me now, I was going to be an actor, a singer, a soccer player, a motivational speaker, a writer, a composer, a poet. I was going to marry a beautiful woman just like Winnie Cooper. After some though, Kelly Kapowski might be interested in other type of guys, maybe someone like Zach Morris (Tall, blonde hair, and blue eyes). But if Winnie Cooper likes Arnold I have a chance, since Arnold looks a little bit more like me.
So let the journey begin!
To be continued…